Collector reveals fascinating finds in second hand books


A Victorian man who collects second hand books has made incredible discoveries among the pages including old photographs, school report cards and letters apologising for drunk behaviour.

Tony Robertson from the Mornington Peninsula said he is “constantly amazed” at what he and his partner find inside the novels and shared a thread of the “book scurf” to Twitter.

Among the items was a two-page handwritten letter addressed to “my love”, apologising for the writer’s drunken actions the previous night.

“Firstly I’m sorry about last night. None of it is absolutely clear to me, but I understand that I was mean,” the letter read.

A Victorian man who collects second hand books has made incredible discoveries. Photo: Twitter/ Tony Robertson
Among the items was a two-page handwritten letter addressed to “my love,” apologising for their drunken actions. Photo: Twitter/ Tony Robertson

“Secondly, it’s a pity, but I have to stop drinking. It has become more and more apparent that alcohol turns me into a true f***wit.

“I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with that person so often. I don’t know if this is a cop out, but that person just isn’t me.”

Mr Robertson also shared a photo of a 1970s report card for a “progressive” student named Henry who was beginning to challenge his teachers at St Kilda Hebrew Congregation.

Another post was a black and white photograph of a foal named Dennis who was aged just two-and-a-half months when the picture was taken.

Another post was a black and white photograph of a foal named Dennis. Photo: Twitter/ Tony Robertson
Mr Robertson also found a colourful German stamp collection. Photo: Twitter/ Tony Robertson

Among the other incredible finds were income tax payment slips and money from various countries used as bookmarks.

Mr Robertson also found a colourful German stamp collection, Ansett Airlines bookings slips and interview or speech notes for a former Melbourne Heart footballer.

Mr Robertson also shared a photo of a 1970s report card for a “progressive” student named Henry. Photo: Twitter/ Tony Robertson
Mr Robertson said he is “constantly amazed” at what he finds inside the books. Photo: Twitter/ Tony Robertson